From back in the day when I first read the book “Neuromancer” and played the adventure game of the same title on the Amiga, I’ve been in love with the cyberpunk genre of writing. Since the time I started playing the pen and paper game of the same name as this PC title (Different year, though…the pen and paper was set in 2020) I have been fascinated with the genre as it applies to gaming.
That’s why, when I heard about Cyberpunk 2077, I ruined 3 pairs of pants.
One of the first things I noticed is that the logo is shockingly similar to the logo from the pen and paper game, which was made by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games.
The more I looked in to the game, the more I started to think that this is a graphical representation of the old pen and paper game. The more I thought that, the more I wanted to get my hands on this on and with the new teaser just released by developer CD Projekt RED, my suspicions have been confirmed. This damned sure seems to be my beloved pen and paper, with pretty graphics…They even have the concept of “Cyber Psychosis”, which happens after a person has had to many cybernetics installed and loses touch with their humanity.
Check it out.
The teaser shows how the Psycho Squad might acquire a new member. The Psycho Squad specializes in combating “psychos” – individuals who overuse implants and substances that boost or otherwise alter the human body. There comes a point when they overdose on these innovations, and their bodies start to rebel against their biological body parts as well as against all things organic around them. Simply put, they start killing people, who they now derisively call ‘meatbags.’
When a psycho goes on the rampage, strange things can happen. There’s going to be a lot of carnage, so the psycho might be taken down by regular police, but they’re not always able to get the job done. When things spin out of control, they call in MAX-TAC (Maximum Force Tactical Division), popularly called the ‘Psycho Squad’. And these guys are exceptional, these guys are crack troops. The fact that they’re proud of that name tells you a bit about their mindset. They wear a badge with their official emblem on their right sleeve, but their left is reserved for their unofficial Psycho Squad emblem. It’s primitively made and the image itself is on the crude side of things. It’s not unlike a badge special force operators might make and wear to distinguish themselves from the ranks of grunts in any theatre of war,” says Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio.
Time for me to go now…I need to change my pants again.